The Peasant Revolt Dbq

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AP Euro Essay 10/21 The peasants’ revolts in 1524-1526 were primarily to show their disappointment towards their lords. Some groups of these peasants, craftsmen, and poor soldiers did not ally with others and assist in the activities. However there were others who met together in Swabia, March 1525, to discuss the conflicts. This group became known as the Peasant Parliament, which then created Articles as an expression of their anguish. These grievances, in the German states, led to both positive and negative responses. Examples of compassion were shown by the upper class Germans who responded well to the economic situations. However, there were also people like Martin Luther who were violent and harsh. The revolt was terminated with the death of many serfs. Lutheranism was expressed in the recent doctrines, which were the ideology behind the revolts of 1520. The sympathy was shown in documents 1, 3, and 6 where the beliefs were more of Protestants in order to show that the revolts were appropriate. In Doc 1, in the official report, there was writing by Leonhard von Eck saying that the demands were more related religiously of “brotherly love” and that was the conflict. Coming from a noble Chancellor of Bavaria, this is surprising in that it shows support for the class and their reasons for the uprising, despite him being a target. Another example is valid in document 3, in the Articles of Peasants of Memmingen where the Peasant Parliament concur with the Chancellor that the religious aspect was major in this part. They gave in to obey the authority and that Christ has made everyone with His blood equally. Their sorrows are clearly depicted more religiously than any other reason. Another source is different in that it is by a German pastor, one who preaches about religion. He said that the revolt is “Gods will” and that there is no way to resist
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